Our main objective: To reopen Hale Cook Elementary School. We are working on a feasibility study this fall to make the case to the School District to reopen the school. We need your participation to make this success! Check out our goals and initial strategy below:

Goals for 2012-2013

  1. Increase public awareness and support for the community plan to reopen Hale Cook Elementary in Fall 2013 through outreach, school-centered activities, and broader engagement of stakeholders.
  2. Work with the School District to establish a realistic and sustainable strategy for the school in its first year and beyond.
  3. Further develop the School Plan with the community and School District.
  4. Create partnerships with organizations and stakeholders to not only activate the school building before it reopens in Fall 2013 but will support the school once it is open.
  5. Support student enrollment and parent commitment to the school.

What can you do to get involved?

There are many different ways to support our efforts – from sponsoring an event, to volunteering to mow the lawn, to participating in a committee, or helping us grow a garden. We want to engage as many people as possible and have a variety of opportunities.

Step 1: Join our email list with this brief questionnaire. Your responses will help us gauge community interest, and it will also add your name to our email list. Please note that your response does not represent a commitment of any kind, and you may unsubscribe from the email list at any time. Your responses will remain confidential.

Step 2: Take our survey and let us know what you think about opening a neighborhood public school at 73rd Street and Pennsylvania.

Step 3: Get involved however you can! Once you have been added to the email database, you will receive periodic emails containing news about the progress of the project, tools to help you spread the word to friends and neighbors, and notifications of future community meetings.

Step 4: When the time comes to officially enroll in the school, you will be notified by email with instructions on how to do it. In the meantime, consider other ways you can come out and meet your neighbors and get excited by what’s happening at Hale Cook Elementary.

Help us with the 2013 Feasibility Study

We are launching a neighborhood assessment to develop a thorough understanding of the feasibility of reopening Hale Cook Elementary. Who will the school serve? What population of children might attend this school? What are the barriers to opening a new school in the neighborhood? What are the benefits both short and long term to reactivating this building? We need volunteers to help us collect and analyze information over the next few months. We are looking for letters of support from community organizations and area businesses. There are many ways to help us – if you are interested in getting involved, please contact Ashley Z. Hand at friendsofhalecook@gmail.com and we will be in touch!